Teacher who allegedly separated NW school learners suspended

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables apparently at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke

Currently, the situation at the school is reportedly tense.

North West Education MEC Sello Lehare made the announcement a short while ago after meeting with the management at Laersool Schweizer-Reneke.

However, while all the white parents were saying "dankie" (thank you), she noticed her child and three other black children were seated in the corner of the classroom while the white kids sat next to each other at a single large desk in the middle of the room.

Lehari said a decision on the fate of the principal had not been taken. Some black parents whose children have been refused admission to Laerskool Marble Hall say only black children have been placed on the waiting list.

"They created a group parents and teachers group chat on WhatsApp past year".

"The North West provincial government condemns any form of racism in the strongest possible terms and deeply regrets this unfortunate incident 25 years into the democratic dispensation", Ngesi said.

When parents then complained to the school, according to TimesLive, they were sent a different picture after the children's break showing that they had been "moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race".

The images caused a stir on social media with political parties weighing in on the matter.

Federal DA Youth leader Luyolo Mphithi condemned the incident, saying he would also visit the school.

The Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher at the centre of alleged racism in a classroom has been suspended with immediate effect.

"We hope that the school staff is ready and willing to address this issue immediately and to make a commitment to change outdated attitudes toward integration", Mphithi said.

The statement by the school does not, however, give a reason why the children were seated the way they were.

'The barbaric conduct displayed by private schools of racial segregating children is equally the same as giving innocent children experience of an apartheid system'.



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